Tips On Recovering Your Patio Cushions

Suzanne Oliver
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Patio cushions can make your outdoor space cozy and inviting, that is unless they’ve been beaten by age and weather. Then they’re just plain ugly. Most only have a year warranty and aren’t meant to last forever. Sometimes the only solution to stains, rips and fading is just to replace them — or go thrifty and recover them. Did you know that The Home Depot carries outdoor fabrics by the yard? Fade-resistant colors and patterns are sold online starting at $6.63 a yard.

Tackle this DIY project with directions from ehow.com and these handy tips:

  • Use waterproof, mildew-resistant fabric specially made for the outdoors.
  • Double check your dimensions before cutting the fabric.
  • Square off your yardage first.
  • Use a heavy duty thread specially made for the outdoors.
  • Closely match your thread to your fabric color.
  • Leave a seam allowance of 1/2 inch.
  • Use chalk to make sewing marks.
  • Add a zipper or Velcro closure to easily remove fabric for washing.

Not in the mood to sew? Use our enhanced Cushions, Pillows & Umbrellas Finder to buy replacements. First select your style, then your color/pattern. The product pops up and you can add it your cart right there. You can also shop for matching items in the collection.

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